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MEET SANDRA DE SAN JOSÉ, OUR ACRO YOGA TEACHER

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the WOB family, our Acro Yoga teacher, Sandra San José.

Sandra studied Audiovisual Communication in Madrid but when she finished her university degree she went to Australia to experience life and improve her English. She lived there for four years, delving deeper into the practice of yoga and discovering Acro Yoga and Aero Yoga.

In the past two years, after leaving Australia, she travelled around Asia, fulfilling a dream and becoming a yoga and Aero Yoga instructor, while exploring other massage and body techniques such as Thai massage, Wuo Tai and Reiki. Drawn by her interest in meditation, she did a Vipassana retreat in India, where she became interested in this technique and its benefits.

After spending time in Mexico, where she trained to become an Acro Yoga instructor, she moved to her current residence in Madrid, her home city, to put down roots of everything that she cultivated in her journeys and expand the philosophy of yoga and the love of life.

Her passion is being able to share her practice in the outdoors, in nature and in community.

Her current goal is to bring yoga and Acro Yoga to children and her next stop will be in July at Campus WOB.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

INTERVIEW

Hello Sandra and welcome to Campus WOB! First of all, we’d like to ask you about the reasons that led you to want to be part of the camp in particular.

I think it’s a great opportunity to collaborate with the camp this year with yoga and Acro Yoga because it’s going to be a great experience for the children and teenagers and at the same time, to reach so many age groups and share my love for yoga with them and help them experience something which is new and different and which can help them in their lives.

Acro Yoga is undoubtedly one of the stellar new activities at this year’s camp. Can you tell exactly what it is?

Acro Yoga is a new medium of union and communication with ourselves and with others. Though a mixture of yoga poses and poses based on acrobatics, you discover a new world of body work. Acro-Yoga also helps to build trust, respect, listening and teamwork and it forces whoever practices it to be in the present moment, focusing on your body, your breathing and likewise to the other person’s body and breathing.

Is it safe?

Yes, it’s completely safe. When we do the different poses we have the help of spotters at all times. Sometimes we will be flyers, sometimes bases and other times spotters. All of the roles are important and necessary to practice Acro Yoga.

What’s the difference between Acro Yoga and traditional yoga? 

Acro Yoga combines the benefits of yoga (union and listening to oneself) with the fun and good humor of a practice that is shared with friends and others. It helps us build our self-confidence and our trust in others, while cultivating habits of respect and listening to others. It even helps us to solve conflicts, as it is understood that it’s no one’s fault if things don’t turn out the way we expected, but instead that we must communicate and find a common ground to move forward and grow together.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

I see that it’s an activity that promotes teamwork, just like we do at Campus WOB, is that right?

Exactly. Acro Yoga gives us the chance to create a close-knit community and to understand that as a society we always need the help of other people, just as others may also need our help. And of course! It’s about the challenge of doing something that you’ve never done before and feeling proud of your achievements and of helping others to achieve as well.

From your past experience working with children, what do you think Campus WOB campers should expect from this exciting activity?

Above all, not to have expectations and to come with an open mind. The good thing about children is that they are not influenced by their fears, so yoga can grow naturally inside them. And Acro Yoga is play, which for adults often means discovering our inner child, something which children don’t have to worry about – they just have to let go and be themselves.

Well Sandra, it’s going to be a pleasure and a real adventure to have you at camp for the first time this summer. We send you our warmest greetings and we look forward to having you at camp.

It’s a pleasure for me too and I’m really looking forward to the day when camp starts. I can’t wait to meet everyone and spend some very special days together![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]